A principals’ conference was organised at Government Mohindra College here on Monday to discuss the ‘challenges before the higher education’.
Principal from various government colleges across Punjab participated in the conference, which was inaugurated by Surjit Singh Rakhra, Punjab higher education and languages minister, while Roshan Sunkaria, principal secretary, higher education and languages, delivered the keynote address.
Gurdev Singh Ghuman, director of public instruction (DPI, colleges), and JA Khan, dean, colleges, Punjabi University, also shared their views on the issue.
Delivering the presidential address, Rakhra stressed on improvement in the higher education, stating, “Even as our students are highly skilled and talented and they performed well whenever they got an opportunity, our country is lagging behind in higher studies at the international level.”
“Confidence is a necessary element for a person to achieve a goal, and the teachers must work to enhance confidence of the students. The principals must take responsibility and come forward to develop discipline among the students,” he added.
Speaking about the government’s role in the higher studies, the minister said the government would work in accordance with the proposals submitted by the colleges. “We have no issues if the colleges seek an amendment in the laws for the betterment of the higher studies,” he assured.
Stressed on the importance of students’ opinion, the minister said the teachers should take a feedback from their students that mattered a lot.
On the issue drug menace in the state, he said it was a time to sensitise people against the hazardous effect of drug, in which educational institutions can play a vital role.
Delivering the keynote address on the issue, Roshan Sunkaria focused on the punctuality and discipline in the colleges and student’s life. He also laid stress on vocational studies for the betterment of higher studies.
“The government of India is working on a credit-based frame work so that quality can be improved in the higher education. For that, we are focussing on the improvement of infrastructures in the colleges. Funds have been sanctioned by the Centre, and once we get the funds we will establish smart classes in all college,” he added.
He asked the university authorities to take more steps to reform curricula. To explore the manpower, he said, the role of educational institutes has become vital.
Meanwhile, JA Khan stressed on various measures necessary to improve the higher education, including access of higher education to each section of society, employability and excellence in studies.
RK Mahajan, dean, colleges, GNDU, Amritsar, interacted with the principals on the ‘Choice-Based Credit System’ and Simrat Kahlon from Panjab University, Chandigarh, highlighted the importance of the National Skill Development Mission launched by the government of India.
In his welcome address, college principal Sukhbit Singh Thind pointed out that all colleges should have help lines for the students to redress their grievances.
The first edition of the college research journal ‘The Fountainhead’ was also unveiled at the inaugural function.